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For Her Own Good | Ofri Cnaani

Opening Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 12:00-16:00, Wednesday: 14:00-18:00, Friday : 10:00-14:00

Ofri Cnaani’s exhibition, ‘For Her Own Good’, was originally commissioned by The American Jewish Historical Society and was curated by Shirly Bahar. After visiting the show when it was presented in New York in the fall of 2017, and in light of the ongoing escalation of the silencing policy in the Israeli public discourse, we decided to invite Cnaani to present it at Maamuta’s space at the Hansen House. Before we even contacted Cnaani, she decided to remove her show as an act of solidarity with theater maker Dan Fishback whose play was cancelled because of his political beliefs. Cnaani, who focused her project on different aspects of silencing, felt that the topic of the show is what led to its only possible end under these circumstances. In her statement, the artist wrote: “speech and critical thoughts were Emma’s only weapon, and they seem to be a threat to democratic society today as much as they were 100 years ago.”

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“The Only Weapon I have is the Quill Pen” | Itamar Mendes-Flohr, Eran Sachs, Ayala Landau, Lior Pinsky

Opening Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 12:00-16:00, Wednesday: 14:00-18:00, Friday : 10:00-14:00

Curators: Lior Pinsky and Sala-Manca Group

“The Only Weapon I have is the Quill Pen”  is a sound exhibition comprised of three works by four artists – Ayala Landau and Lior Pinsky, Itamar Mendes-Flohr, and Eran Sachs. The works, presented in the art space/shelter of Hansen House, render fragile moments of silence and the state uncertainty and threat contained in these moments.

A hiding place, an unexpected movement, imagined landscapes reconstructing actions unfolding in the open space (a Japanese garden sculpture, a forest of feathers, a city under siege) – the three works need motion in order to exist; or in Einstein’s words: to keep your balance you must keep moving. In the tension of potential energy, on the continuum between eruption and vacuum, we hear the voice of João Delgado (1921-1976?) challenging his adversaries: “Our only weapon is the quill.”

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